Mauricio Pochettino says Christopher Nkunku is being assessed by Chelsea’s doctors after the French forward was withdrawn from the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund. The Argentine manager is hopeful his knee injury is ‘nothing big’.
The £52million signing from RB Leipzig is now a doubt ahead of Liverpool’s game in the Premier League season opener, with Pochettino giving an update on his injury.
“The doctors are checking him and I hope it is not a big issue. He fell in the action which was maybe a penalty and he feels something in his knee but we hope it is nothing big,” Pochettino confirmed.
“We hope he can be back quickly with the team. We need a few days to assess him.”
Perhaps the pitch was a factor in the injury but Mauricio was keen not to blame the conditions, and says he will take the responsibility for any risk involved.
“We took some risks because the pitch is not perfect because the facilities are used for a different sport. We won’t blame the pitch for the injury though. For me, it was bad luck.”